Apr 17
Audiobook Review:  Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber

Audiobook Review: Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber

Book Review 0 ★★

“April showers bring May flowers!” “It’s June.”   A lot of readers swear up, down and sideways by Debbie Macomber books.  I’ve never read her before Blossom Street Brides and now I know why.  I need my books to have some snark and comedy in them.  Even Nora Roberts has a little bit of that in her books at least.  And don’t get me wrong, Debbie Macomber is not a bad writer. It’s just that her storytelling is so sugary-sweet, I think I got a cavity listening to it. Blossom Street Brides follows the lives of several different main characters: Lauren, Bethann, and Lydia.  Each woman is facing a particular drama in their life: Lauren wants to find a husband;… Read more »

Apr 16
Jenn Gets Medieval In Maryland

Jenn Gets Medieval In Maryland

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Yesterday two friends, my fiance and I pretended we were in a historical novel and attended a massive feast, complete with knights, ladies, kings, queens and games like jousting and fencing. Except, ya know, it was attached to a mall.  Let’s pretend it was an English market, shall we? I’d never been to Medieval Times before, but I had heard so many good things about it.  When the opportunity came to go sample their treats and view their games, well who am I to turn my nose up at such fortune?  Lord Sergio, Lady Beth, Duke Lee and I made the long trek to Hanover, Maryland, where many tried to keep us from completing our journey (DC traffic).  But alas,… Read more »

Apr 15
The Returned by Jason Mott

The Returned by Jason Mott

Book Review 0 ★★★

The dead are returning. But not in the traditional zombie-who–wants-to-eat-your-flesh kind of way; these undead are showing up whole and healthy in random places, sometimes thousands of miles away from where they lived. Most of them just want to get home to their loved ones, but not everyone finds their return to be miraculous. The Returned by Jason Mott focuses on a family in the small town of Arcadia, North Carolina, whose 8-year-old son has returned after a tragic drowning in 1966. More and more of the returned begin to show up, and when the government decides to begin quarantining them in Arcadia, this sleepy town is completely transformed. We get some small glimpses into others who have returned around… Read more »

Apr 10
Discussion:  Which e-reader do you prefer?

Discussion: Which e-reader do you prefer?

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  Which e-Reader Do You Prefer? I picked up my very first e-reader in July of 2010.  I felt like I was very late to the e-reader market, because everyone had a Kindle!  But I was being very diligent and wanted to research the best reader for ME.  The Nook Wifi had just debuted on the market with its touch-screen interface on the bottom, and I thought I was all hot potatoes having learned things like which reader was best for checking out ebooks from libraries, or which reader would last longer, and which reader had the best e-ink display. Seriously, you guys, it was a major problem. I ultimately chose to go with the Nook Wifi because I wanted… Read more »

Apr 08
Audiobook Review:  Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Audiobook Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Book Review 4 ★★★★★

“Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes it’s own magic.” Holy-smoking-hot-angels, Batman!  Laini Taylor, where ya been all my life?! I’m totes late to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone bandwagon, but let me tell you, I ran behind it, grabbed onto the back rails and swung myself aboard with gusto!  This book rocked my socks!  It was amazeballs!  I don’t even know what to say! The characters!  My gosh, I was a fan of them all.  All equally fleshed out, Taylor writes characters that, even though this is a fantasy novel, made realistic choices.  Karou, an enigmatic art student, is the most mysterious of them all (besides maybe Akiva, super-dreamy hero to this story – I hope), and… Read more »

Apr 07
Split Second by Kasie West

Split Second by Kasie West

Book Review 0 ★★★½

Split Second by Kasie West is the follow-up to Pivot Point, which I absolutely adored. In fact, I read it a second time the week before Split Second came out, just to make sure I remembered everything, and I’m glad I did! Split Second picks up where Pivot Point left off, and alternates chapters from the points of view of Laila and Addie. I enjoyed the new perspective of Laila, and found myself relating to her more than Addie. Laila also gets a love interest in this book – expect some scenes filled with sarcasm (my kinda girl!) and LOTS of chemistry! The problem I ran into with this book was that I liked Addie and Trevor’s relationship so much… Read more »

Apr 05
B-Tips: My Top Five Fav WP Plugins: 2014 Edition

B-Tips: My Top Five Fav WP Plugins: 2014 Edition

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Last year when I covered this topic, I named some pretty basic – but essential – plugins that were must-haves for me to maintain The Bawdy Book Blog.   Editorial Calendar & Duplicate Post topped the list, and while I still utilize both heavily, my top five has indeed changed quite a bit.  So for 2014, I give you the newest five plugins I can’t live without.       1. Gravity Forms I only use the personal license version of Gravity Forms, but lots of bloggers like Nose Graze and Cuddlebuggery, heavily utilize its developer license version, which provides options for polls, surveys, coupons, and more.  Most bloggers will be more than satisfied with the personal license, however, and… Read more »

Apr 02
Audiobook Review: Burning the Map by Laura Caldwell

Audiobook Review: Burning the Map by Laura Caldwell

Book Review 6 ★★½

It’s hard to say if I liked Burning the Map or not.  One one hand, I identified with the characters; on the other, they sort of annoyed me and I never really came around to liking the protagonist. Casey Evers is one of those lucky post-post-grads who gets to take time off between grad school and Starting Real Life to poke around Europe while the rest of us slave away at Corporate America, eking out our livings so we can read about people like her. (I’m not bitter.)  She’s on this fun jaunt with her two friends, Lindsey and Kat, to rekindle their sort-of crumbling friendship and maybe rediscover herself, too. But (bitchy) girls will be (bitchy) girls and much… Read more »